Dutch company Koninklijke Eijsbouts has been commissioned to make a massive new bell for the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.
The new bell, named Marie, will weigh 6,000 kilos and will have a diameter of 1.6 metres. Marie is a sister bell to the south tower’s Emmanuel, cast in 1686 but now too frail to be used apart from on special occasions, according to the Independent.
‘In total, there will be nine new bells and we are making the largest one,’ deputy director Joep van Brussel is quoted as saying. The new bells will be placed in Notre Dame next year for the cathedral’s 850th anniversary celebrations.
According to the BBC, the new bells will sound much more like the original medieval bells than those currently in use.